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Leather



Leather is a natural product blessed with special properties that improve with every year of use, provided it is properly cared for. It highlights the quality of the workmanship, and shows off the lines of a well designed piece. This means that we only take top quality full-grain leather – the uppermost layer of the hide. All the leathers in the Wittmann collection are vat dyed. Dyeing the hide through its full thickness ensures that the colour remains,
even if surface damage occurs. One of leather’s most prized qualities is its ability to absorb moisture, in the process of which the surface may expand. As a result, the leather tends to stretch with use, particularly in the first few weeks. These wrinkles are not flaws, but the marks of a natural, living material. It is however important to ensure that ambient conditions are kept constant.

 

Here you find further information regarding the topic leather.


What damages your furniture

  • Strong sunlight
  • Sharp objects such as bracelets, rings, wristwatches, zips and rivets
  • The claws and beaks of pets
  • Jeans (dye transfer)
  • Wide temperature variations and dry air are not good for leather, so we recommend treating leather furniture before and after the heating season

How to care for leather

Looking after high-quality smooth leather is relatively straightforward. Leather furniture should be regularly wiped down with a soft duster: the more heavily it is used, the more often this should be done. Care products should be applied sparingly, and no more than twice a year, as overuse may damage the furniture. We recommend our care set for your Wittmann leather furniture. The products in the kit are suitable for thorough general cleaning, but not for particular stain removal.
Nubuk leather is given an almost velvet surface in a special brushing process. The fine fibres of the leather are flattened and stick to one another in time to create a characteristic – and often coveted – patina. However this diminishes the velour effect, and shiny spots may occur. This mirroring effect can be delayed by treating the surface with nubuk wipes, which separate and soften the fibres. Available from specialist retailers.

Special cleaning tips

Dust

Remove with a soft cloth.


Dried-on dirt

Dissolve a small amount of mild detergent or washing soap in luke warm (if possible distilled) water. Use a soft cloth to clean the stain and dab dry with a new wool cloth. Allow the furniture to dry, and treat with a specialist leather care product.

Liquids

Soak up the liquid with an absorbent dry cloth. If this does not successfully remove the stain, treat the affected area with the same procedure used to remove dried-on dirt.


Food and grease

Treat the stains in the same way as dried-on dirt. Any grease stains still visible will be absorbed into the leather in time and require no further treatment. Solvents and silicon-based cleaning products should be avoided at all costs.

 

Other care instructions can be found in the Wittmann care set (cleaning solution and care lotion) available from your furniture dealer.